Dr. Marshall Cahill is the director of a government institute that employs various scientific geniuses, including the elderly Dr. Nicholson, who knows that Cahill's son Neil has plagiarized a dead man's theory of molecular structure. When Nicholson threatens exposure, Dr. Cahill murders him and cleverly makes the killing look like the job of a heroin junkie who needed his fix. But clever or not, another kind of genius is on the case: the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by
I watched this Colombo movie and enjoyed it. Considering the format limitations of a television series, the story was very interesting, the acting excellent and worth repeated viewing. But my comment goes more to a couple things I noticed and I wonder if other IMDb viewers know more about it. There were a couple of characters in the story with names that must surely be an inside joke. Is the name of the lead character, Marshall Cahill, a nod to the 1973 John Wayne movie, Cahill US Marshall, and is the boy genius named Steve Spelberg a nod to Steven Spielberg who directed a 1971 Colombo TV movie? I turned to IMDb to see if this would be mentioned as trivia or in user comments. Surely this can't be just a co-incidence. Maybe others have something to add.
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